Equality week 2018

Equality week

Monday 15 October, 2018 – Friday 19 October, 2018

Commons and Main House
Newton Park campus, Bath Spa University

Join us from Monday 15 October for Bath Spa's Equality Week.

This year’s theme is ‘A Blueprint For Better?’, where we will be exploring whether or not universities should create an on-campus society that reflects how we’d ideally like wider society to be. Can universities provide the blueprint for a more equal society at large?

Events programme

We have an exciting programme of free events, activities and talks that celebrate equality, diversity and inclusivity.

Monday 15 October

Dr Zainab Khan (UWE)
Commons 106
12:30 - 14:00

In Pursuit of Race Equity within Higher Education 

Faculty Director of Student Experience at UWE Bristol Business and Law Schools, and one of the university leads for race equality, Dr Zainab Kahn is passionate about equality for both staff and students within Higher Education.

As director of the Equity Programme, Dr Kahn will be exploring why it continues to be so difficult to effect real change for race equality within Higher Education, particularly focusing on the disparities in the BAME (black, asian and minority ethnic) student journey and trends in BAME graduate outcomes in the labour market.

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Tuesday 16 October

International Forum
Internal event only
11:30 - 13:00

Celebrating our International Community at BathSpa

Higher Education is an increasingly globalised sector, creating opportunities for collaboration and shared learning. In this context, it is increasingly important that universities ensure their workforce and student body includes international staff and students who can offer a wide range of skills, experiences and knowledge.

However, there is evidence that international staff and students face specific challenges and barriers to success that may be different to those faced by their UK colleagues and peers. This panel session draws on the experiences of Bath Spa staff and students to explore what those differences might be, and what the University can do about them.

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Sarah Banet-Weiser (LSE)
Commons 119
12:00 - 13:30

#MeToo on Campus

Professor Sarah Banet-Weiser, Head of Department at LSE’S Media and Communications School, is renowned for her teaching and research on feminist theory, youth culture and citizenship and national identity. A prolific writer, Professor Banet-Weiser has recently been writing in depth about the #MeToo movement, and will be discussing how its impact is being felt and implemented on campuses.

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Wednesday 17 October

School equali-teas
Internal event only
10:00 - 11:00
College of Liberal Arts: CM131
Institute for Education: SNG08
Bath School of Art and Design: Sion Hill Cafe

Join the Deans and Associate Deans of each of the University’s Schools for a cup of tea and to discuss equality and diversity within your area. This is an opportunity for staff at all levels to directly talk to the decision makers, share their stories, pass on ideas, raise issues, ask questions, and hear about all the equality work you and your schools are currently focusing on.

Equali-Teas are also a great chance to celebrate progress made and any plans in place to make Bath Spa University a more inclusive space for all.

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Institute for Education: Book now
Bath School of Art and Design: Book now

Councillor Asher Craig (Deputy Mayor of Bristol)
11:00 - 12:30

Women, Leadership, and Power

Councillor Asher Craig took on the newly-created role of Deputy Mayor for Communities in March 2017. She has over 30 years’ experience as a community leader, championing the needs of the voiceless, with a particular emphasis on the social-economic development of BME and under-represented communities. The proud mother of three daughters, Councillor Craig will lead a discussion on the topic of women, leadership and power.

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Thursday 18 October

Vice Chancellor Town Hall
Internal event only

Universities and Bath Spa - are we a blueprint for better?

Bath Spa University's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sue Rigby, will lead a discussion on the role that universities play in creating a society that is equal, and how Bath Spa can enable that.

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Friday 19 October

Jonny Benjamin MBE
Main House G15
11:00 - 12:30

Mental Health on Campus

Jonny Benjamin is an award-winning mental health campaigner, film producer, public speaker, writer and vlogger from London. He was awarded an MBE for his services to mental health and suicide prevention in the Queen’s 2017 New Year’s Honours List.

He will discuss his recently published book “The Stranger on the Bridge”, which details his encounter with Neil Laybourn that stopped Jonny from taking his own life on a bridge in 2008. An exploration into living with mental illness - from childhood to the present day -  it contains many extracts from Jonny’s personal diaries, letters and poems.

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